Sunshine on a snowy day!

We’ll be launching lots of new gorgeous handmade goodies in our shop very soon but couldn’t resist putting these up today…

Two gorgeous new medium weight scarves – perfect for this never ending winter/never starting spring!

They’re double sided – bright, summery 100% cotton ‘hollandais’ fabrics on one side with a softer, more snuggly side made from 55% hemp/45% organic cotton jersey in charcoal grey.

The colours are uplifting and sunny but they’re keep you warm until the summer arrives

A snap at £25 and all the profit will help us to enrol more children like Tom, orphaned by HIV, enrol into primary school 🙂

‘Dice’ scarf new in our shop today

‘Arrows’ cotton/hemp/organic cotton scarf

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The chickens are back in time for Easter!

Just a quick note to say that our chicken cushion covers have finally made it from Kampala to the UK and are available to order now!

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They are now available in two colourways – full technicolor or a more subtle cream and brown.

They have been handmade for you by Sarah Kabenge and whether you’re buying for yourself or a friend, you know you are making a real difference when you buy from awamu because you are also giving a wonderful gift of education to vulnerable children and helping mum’s like Sarah in the slums of Kampala.

We use 100% of our income from all our items to support orphaned children in two of the poorest areas of Kampala and train mothers like Sarah in the skills they need to support their family.

Sarah explains for herself how learning tailoring skills has changed her life in this short film we made with her. It’s only a few minutes long – we hope you like it.

Thank you again to everyone that has waited so patiently since we sold out after being featured in the Telegraph gift guide.

We’re be adding more and more into the shop over the coming weeks. Happy Easter!

red hen organic hemp cushion covers
Brown hen chicken cushion covers

 

Opening the doors to Secret Circus

BOOM!

Last Friday we opened the doors to Secret circus pop-up shop in Bristol’s Cabot Circus.

We’re really proud and honoured to be invited be a feature in the shop by Kerry and Michelle (the brains behind this awesome pop-up).

Secret Circus is an independent shop & event space featuring awamu goods along side local artist’s & makers – it’s full to the brim with beautiful gifts, clothes, prints, cards, vintage goodies and there are a host crafting , films nights, retro gaming events planned in the run up to Christmas.

We’ll be hosting a sewing event in the shop on the 9th of December inspired by the bird life of Uganda!

Come and see us!

Getting ready…

Cutting the ribbon with Bristol legend ‘Big Jeff’..

Our first customers through the door admiring our wares…

Unveiling the Secret Circus

Stocking fillers and festive handmade gifts £10 and under..

Whether you’re the kind to count down the shopping days or leave it ‘til Christmas Eve, we have some perfect gifts for the special folks in your life.

From stocking fillers for under a tenner, vintage baubles (coming later this week) to our unique and colourful homeware and children’s gifts.

Each item has been lovingly handmade by amazing crafts women in Kampala – Robina Nalumansi, Sarah Kabenge, Rukia Ramathan, Florence, Sarah Namaganda and Salima Najingo using their super powered tailoring skills.

And what better than to gift a that will not only give them joy but also empowers the woman that made it and helps to protect and educate a children in two of the poorest slum areas of Kampala.

>>take a look in the shop now 

Colourful bags

vintage glass baubles

Vintage glass baubles

Unique accessories

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Free postage for our neighbours in N16

oli otya? I’ve come all the way from Uganda to show some neighbourly love to all the residents of N16 – we’re offering free postage on all orders from our on-line shop.

If you live in N16 simply use the code ‘N16FREEPOST’ when you reach the check out of our shop.

If the delivery address is in  N16 (Stoke Newington) we won’t charge you postage and will deliver your order for free.

We hope you enjoy all the beautiful clothes, toys and accessories handmade for you by our women’s groups  in Kampala. And as we use all the our profit to support orphaned and vulnerable children in the slums of Kampala – you can feel doubly good about your purchase.

Enjoy,

Mara the giraffe on behalf of my friends at awamu

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Birth announcement – our baby elephants have arrived

Today we have been mostly supervising the arrival of a new awamu baby elephant…mother and baby doing well.

Elephants will seeking news homes (via our shop) as soon as they are able to see (no eyes yet!)…

Mother and baby doing well

Elephant facts:

  • Gestation period: 18 – 22 months
  • About 99% of calves are born at night
  • Calves are born with curly black or red hair on their foreheads
  • Calves drink about 3 gallons of milk a day (oh no!)

Baby – available for rehoming soon

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